Michelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:
Q: My mom had this platter for years and only used it on Thanksgiving; we had ham for Christmas. I think it is about the ugliest platter I have ever seen but if it is worth anything I might just keep it. Can you tell me how much it is worth?
A: Turkey platters abound and as a matter of fact it is a collecting genre all of its own. With the British economy struggling after the Revolutionary War, British potteries began targeting the American market by crafting dinnerware that would sell well in the USA. Transferware and flow blue items soon flooded the market depicting patriotic scenes, historical landmarks and the westward expansion. Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November to be the nation’s official Thanksgiving Day in 1863. Around 1870, English potters began producing turkey themed wares for the American market in honor of the newly declared day of Thanksgiving. Even companies such as Wedgwood jumped on the turkey-themed wagon with stunning pieces.
Your turkey platter was made by the Johnson Brothers pottery in England (1883-2003*). Based on the mark on the back your particular platter is circa 1930. The pattern is named “His Majesty” and was discontinued for many years but reintroduced in 2004.
Your 20” platter has a resale value of $100-$125.
note – In 2003 Johnson Brothers ceased production in England and the dinnerware is now being made in China.
note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawn shop prices are about ½ or less of resale value.